Your “TO DO” List: Critical

Your “TO DO” List: Critical

REPENT

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31)

Luke records the following words of Jesus Christ, when informed regarding Galileans who were slain by the soldiers of Pontius Pilate while offering sacrifices at the Temple, so that their blood and the blood of their sacrifices were mixed together: “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:2-5)

Read the words of St. Paul regarding God’s indictment of the world:

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:24-32)

All men are sinners

As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3:10-18)

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

A person who does not know God, but who trembles at these words of Holy Scripture, may ask ‘What will become of me?’ St. Paul states the penalty that awaits all men, but displays within the same passage God’s mercy:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

St. Paul tells us what God has done for sinful men through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ:

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and be Saved

That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. (Romans 10:9-13)

Read the Bible

All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Tell Others of Jesus Christ

As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near’. (Matthew 10:7)

Show the Example of Christian Life

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for  for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth”. (1 Peter 2:20-22)

If you place your faith in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, and confess Him as your Lord, you are saved. No matter what may happen to you in this world, Jesus Christ will never forsake you. If after reading these words you have come to believe in Jesus Christ, I rejoice with you. May God richly bless you in your new life.

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